Exceptional Circumstances (Category D) Funding Following STC Debbie

2017 Betterment Fund - $41.85 million

Exceptional Circumstances (Category D) Funding Following STC Debbie

2017 Betterment Fund - $41.85 million

The 2017 Betterment Fund is a Queensland Government initiative supported by the Commonwealth Government as part of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

A $40 million Betterment Fund was available to councils activated for Restoration of Essential Public Assets (REPA) as a result of Severe Tropical Cyclone (STC) Debbie. In addition to the $40 million, an additional $1.85 million was approved for Shute Harbour seawall in the Whitsunday Regional Council. 

The intent of betterment is to increase the resilience of Queensland communities to natural disasters, while reducing future expenditure on asset restoration.

The $41.85 million Betterment Fund, jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments, has been allocated to 83 projects across 22 councils to restore and replace damaged public assets including bridges, roads, culverts and floodways to a more disaster-resilient standard.

The 2017 Betterment Fund is managed by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority and is governed by the 2017 Framework for Betterment.

 

2017 Environmental Recovery Package - $35 million

The Commonwealth Government has agreed to jointly fund a $35 million Environmental Recovery Package. The following packages have been approved:

  • Part A Coastal Works - removal of debris, restoration of mangroves and other coastal vegetation; restoration of beaches
  • Part B Clean up and restoration of recreational assets, and clean-up of green waste
  • Part C Riparian recovery, weed control and soil conservation
  • Part D Improved mapping and data collection
  • Part E Excess debris removal from watercourses; gully and streambank stabilisation

The application process for Part A and Part B is being coordinated by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.  The application process for Part C, Part D and Part E is being coordinated by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP), which will work closely with NRM bodies. 

This funding is managed by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.


Economic Recovery Package - $2.1 million

A total of $2 million has been made available for Industry Recovery Officers to target primary producers and support small businesses in the heavily impacted areas local government areas of Central Highlands, Gold Coast, Isaac, Livingstone, Logan City, Mackay, Scenic Rim, Whitsunday, Woorabinda councils and parts of Lockyer Valley. Industry Recovery Officers will provide recovery information and support to primary producers and small businesses and $100,000 has been made available for the evaluation of the program.

This funding is managed by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, for more information please go www.daf.qld.gov.au or phone 132 523.